Here are 4 tips that should help you perfect your pronunciation of ‘methods‘: Break ‘methods‘ down into sounds: [METH] + [UHDZ] – say it out loud and exaggerate the sounds until you can consistently produce them. Record yourself saying ‘methods‘ in full sentences, then watch yourself and listen.
How is 70 pronounced?
Is the L silent in calm?
The answer is the year 1066 and 2000 years of invasions, occupations, and political complexities that go far beyond “correctness.” “Calm” does, in fact, have a silent L because of 1066; however, in some regions it has a lightly pronounced L. Why? Because that’s how language works naturally over time.
Is the T silent in exactly?
In practice, yes it is virtually silent unless one makes a special effort to pronounce it. When we have a consonant cluster here /ktl/ one sound is often not heard. The linguistice term for it is “dissimilation”.
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